Jonas Hiller looked just fine to observers when he faced some shots and moved around his net. But when actual hockey plays unfolded he was back in an uncomfortable place, clouded in uncertainty. Hiller practiced Tuesday but did not make it all the way through as vertigo symptoms continue to haunt him. Coach Randy Carlyle said the plan is to increase Hiller's workload and that it was encouraging to extend his practice time. Hiller, though, didn't sound as sunny afterward and called the ordeal depressing. "It's still not the way I want to," he said. "I still have the symptoms and I still don't feel right. It still feels like I've got something slowing me down and it seems like I'm always behind the play. It doesn't hurt or anything, but it's definitely not a nice feeling." Hiller didn't consider it a setback but said that "it's definitely (taking) longer than I thought and longer than I wanted to." With the symptoms still alive, Hiller said the strategy is to "provoke" the feelings of panic and slowness in order to get used to it. But he said it's not something he can play through. He can handle simple movement where he doesn't have to follow the puck but not much else. Hiller likened it to watching television and being a couple of frames behind.
Hiller still plagued by slowness
Orange County Register | Mar 2